Grant for the Global Digital Format Registry
The Harvard University Library got a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make a Global Digital Format Registry.
The grant proposal (minus a few key appendices) is online. The people behind it have been working on this for quite some time, and have a pretty extensive plan.
I think this is a fantastic development, even if there is a lot of overlap with what I am trying to do here at FileFormat.Info. My goal for FileFormat.Info is to be the "Digital Rosetta Stone". The main differences that I see:
The grant covers a two-year period, and (as far as I can tell) includes three full-time people. It is a good sign that there is enough interest to fund something of this magnitude.
I am certainly going to try to be a peer on the GDFR network. The proposal says that the software will be open source, and fostering widespread disemination of the information is one of their goals, so hopefully I can integrate it into the information I have here.
Found via the File Formats Blog.
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